Vesak: Birthday of the Buddha

Today, around the world, people are celebrating Vesak, the birthday of the Buddha.  For many of us in Western culture, this day is a complete enigma.  Luckily, we have Zack Burns, an English major at Middle Tennessee State University, to help us with a brief overview of the holiday.  I met Zack at Congregation Yeshuat Yisrael …

Easter 2018, Pesach 5778

“Allelulia, He is risen!” – What a joyous phrase. This is the time of year that we celebrate Christ’s victory over death, and our liberation from the wages of sin. For close to two millennia, Christians around the world have celebrated Easter, this holiest of days. While this is indeed an event to be celebrated …

Stories from the Field: Adam and Chevy

The last thing we did in the Florida Keys was walk around the neighborhood known as The Avenues.   The last people I met there were Adam and Chevy.  I find their stories so interesting and connected, I decided to share them together on this last (for now) installment of Stories from the Field. When I …

Stories From the Field: Dick

Arlene, a member of the other mission team, and I met Dick on our last day in the Florida Keys.  We were walking through a neighborhood called “The Avenues” to encourage people to pursue case management through UMCOR, as they could pick up where FEMA left off.  The Avenues were likened to the Lower Ninth …